All In One Place…Most Popular Posts of 2017 at LeahAdams.org

It’s the end of the year. 2017 is almost history, and quite frankly, I can hardly believe it. While some days moved as slow as molasses, others flew by. Can you relate?  On the whole, 2017 flew by with moments of joy and moments of intense sadness.

Today I want to take a moment to collect in one pile the most popular posts of 2017 here at LeahAdams.org.

 

Most Popular Posts of 2017 at LeahAdams.org

 

Overall, I wrote much less often this year than in the past, but some of the posts were still very popular. So, without delay, may I offer you a listing of the 10 most popular posts (by total number of views) of 2017? I’m giving you the graphic from each post. If you desire to visit the post, simply click on the graphic to be taken to that post.

Number 10

 

Leaning Into Sabbath

 

Number 9

 

Is the Rapture a Real Thing?

 

Number 8

 

I Used Accountability to Get Rid of Negative Talk and You Can Too

 

Number 7

 

When All You Want to Do is Quit

 

Number 6

 

Bible Study Methods 7 Way in 7 Days

 

Number 5

 

Authentic Being a Stand-Out Christian in a Shut-Up World

Number 4

 

Come Away Retreat

Number 3

I know these two graphics are the same, but the posts are different. I promise.

 

Come Away Retreat

Number 2

 

OneWord365 When God Uses a Word to Rock Your World

 

And the Number ONE post of 2017 at LeahAdams.org is………….

 

Day I Realized My Words Were Poison

 

 

I am so grateful to each of you who stop in and read. I pray that God has, and will continue to use what He gives me to write to bless and encourage your walk with Christ. May God’s presence be you in these waning days of 2017 and in 2018. I look forward to meeting you here in the New Year.

 

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Sharing the Most Popular Posts of 2016

Y’all, it’s only hours away from being New Year’s Eve. Where in the world did the year go? So much has happened this year in my life, your life, and the world around us. Some of it has been good, while some has been blech! I wanted to take a few moments today to offer up a listing of the most popular posts here at LeahAdams.org. I’m actually offering two lists:

  • The most popular posts by number of views
  • The most popular posts by number of comments

I’m giving you the top ten in each category and I hope you will take the time to visit a few that you missed in 2016. Okay, here goes.

 

Most Popular posts of 2016

 

 

Top Posts by Views

 

Meet My Friend, Jan Morton

The Rider on the White Horse from Revelation 6

It’s My Birthday and I’m Giving You A Gift

John’s View of Jesus, A Printable and A Giveaway

Mentoring: Lessons From An Older Woman

The End! Intro To Revelation 

I’ve Reached My Limit

The Throne Room of God

What Do You Do When You Don’t Know What To Do?

It’s Time to Get Rid of Stinkin’ Thinkin’

 

Top Posts By Comments

 

I’ve Reached My Limit

The Throne Room of God

Can You Discern Right From Almost Right?

The Loft Link-Up ~ Fall Recipes

The Loft Link-Up ~ Contentment

Sharing Life ~ Someone Needs You to be Their People

The Loft Link-Up ~ Listen

Encouragement for When Life is Hard

How Strong Is Your Core?

It’s Time to Get Rid of Stinkin’ Thinkin’

 

Thank YOU so much for your presence here. You are why I write…well, you and Jesus. I’d love to hear from you about what blessed you at LeahAdams.org this year. AND about what I could do better to serve you. My goal is that my writing would encourage you to draw nearer to Jesus and walk out the Christ-life for the world to see.

I have some new things planned for 2017 and am seeking the heart of Jesus for all of them. Have a Happy New Year, friends, and I will see you back here on Monday.

Sharing Life….All About Mentoring….Melanie Redd

I know I say this every time one of my friends shares a post here at Sharing Life, but y’all, I am SOOO honored to offer you the wisdom of another of my friends. Melanie Redd is a woman with a heart for women and ministry. I’ve never met her face-to-face, but I have been so blessed by her writing and her wisdom and I know we would surely be IRL (in-real-life) friends if we lived closer. That’s why I invited her to offer some of that wisdom here at Sharing Life.

Before I introduce you to Melanie, I would like to offer you a few links to previous posts in this Sharing Life series. Sharing Life is all about women doing life with other women…face-to-face, shoulder-to-shoulder…speaking into the lives of those who circle around our own life.

 

Sharing Life

 

These posts fall into one of three categories: Faith, Mentoring/Friendship, and Food. Here are a few posts from the past that you might want to check out:

Sharing the Word

What Will Your Tombstone Say?

Some Needs You to Be Their People

A Recipe

 

A blogger, author, speaker, encourager and teacher, Melanie’s passion is to offer HOPE! Married to Randy for 26 years; the couple enjoys travel, eating out, and hanging out with their two college-aged kids. You can read more from Melanie on her blog at www.melanieredd.com.

Melanie Redd

 

Mentors…

Mentoring…

These are hot button words in our world right now.

  • But, what is mentoring really?
  • Why is mentoring such a powerful thing?
  • Where do you find mentors?
  • How do you begin a mentoring relationship?

 

Mentors and Mentoring. These are hot button words in our world right now. But, what is mentoring really? Why is mentoring such a powerful thing? Where do you find mentors? How do you begin a mentoring relationship? That's what this post will address and answer for you today! What not drop by for a visit?

 

What is mentoring?

The dictionary defines a mentor as,a wise and trusted counselor or teacher or an influential senior sponsor or supporter.” (dictionary.com)

Words similar to mentor include guide, trainer, teacher, coach, advisor, instructor, older friend, tutor, counselor, aide, and helper.

Mentoring explained in the most simple terms is a more experienced person helping a less experienced person to gain more experience.

You can have a mentor to help you to grow as a Christian. Mentors can also help you to learn a skill, understand a concept, or gain knowledge.

Mentors can be found at work, at church, at the gym, and in so many other arenas.

 

Why is mentoring such a powerful thing?

Mentoring is powerful because it is personal instruction, typically done one on one.

There is nothing sweeter than to have another person invest in your life because they choose to do so. Mentors encourage you, inspire you, push you, pull you, affirm you, and motivate you.

In fact, mentoring is a biblical concept. In Titus 2, older men are encouraged to train the younger men and older women are told to train the younger women.

“These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God.” (Titus 2:4-5, NLT)

Where do you find mentors?

Mentors can be found everywhere. There are positive, encouraging people around us all.

The best place to find a mentor is right where you are… in your current sphere of influence.

You may not have even realized who is right around you and how much you can benefit from knowing these people.

Your mentor may be older and wiser or younger and wiser. Age is not near as important as character.

More than likely, God has placed some amazing people in your circles. They are nearby and available if you know who and what to look for.

How do you begin a mentoring relationship?

To find a person to mentor you, I’ve got some suggestions.

And, I always think it works best if the one who wants to be mentored seeks out and chooses their own mentor.

Typically, it doesn’t work well for us to go to a younger or less experienced person and ask, “Can I mentor you? Or, would you like to be mentored?”

Here are some steps you can take to discover a great mentor:

1} Pray and ask God to give you at least one godly, positive mentor in your life.

You can always have more than one, but I believe we all need at least one person pouring into us and speaking encouragement into our lives.

Put this request at the top of your prayer list!

Ask the Lord for an incredible mentor!

2} Begin actively seeking a mentor.

Look around at work, at church, at the club, in your neighborhood, at school, or wherever you spend a great deal of time.

  • Who seems wise?
  • Who seems positive and compassionate?
  • Who seems to have great joy?
  • Who do you respect and admire?
  • Who seems to be interested in your life?
  • Who do you share some similar experiences with?

I have one young friend who actually walked around her church with a piece of paper in the front of her Bible.

When she would observe an older woman dealing well with her children, she’d jot down that name. When she saw a happy marriage, she would write down that name. From that list, God opened the door for her to have the most amazing group of mentors.

3} Invite that potential mentor to meet you for coffee or lunch.

You don’t even have to tell that you are hunting for a mentor.

Instead, you might say something like, “Would you have time to grab coffee with me? I’d love to have the chance to get to know you better.”

Then, get to know them to see if they might be a good mentor for you.

See if you have enough in common and relate well to each other. Ask lots of questions. Listen to how they respond. Determine if this is a person you’d like to hang out with on a regular basis.

Think of this as interviewing potential mentors!

(There is no harm in having 3-4 lunches or coffee dates to get to the best mentor.)

4} Once you KNOW you’d like to be mentored by a certain person, ask them to spend time with you on a regular basis.

Just go for it and stick it out there!

You can ask to meet once a month or once a week. It may feel awkward at first, but likely that other person will be greatly honored that you would ask them to mentor you.

Honestly, any time a woman has sought me out and asked me to mentor them, I’ve been blessed and so excited to be asked! I’ve NEVER turned down a sincere request to mentor another friend.

I had one young woman call me about two years ago. She was also a pastor’s wife in our area. She asked if we could get together for lunch. I really had no idea why she wanted to meet with me.

When I arrived, she had a long list of questions… a very long list!

As we were finishing up our lunch, she asked if we could do lunch once a month. I said, “Yes.”

And, I’ve been enjoying time with this sister for two years now. In fact, she’s become one of my closest friends. And, that’s the other beauty and benefit of mentoring.

Mentoring can be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

One other note

Some of you reading this may want to try a little concept I’ve heard referred to as “Reverse Mentoring.”

In addition to looking for someone older and wiser than you, this type of mentoring is different. Look for someone younger than you who has a skill you don’t possess.

For example, you might ask one of your grandchildren to teach you how to use Instagram.

Or, you might ask a younger friend at work or at church to show you how to use the Internet or your new cell phone.

You might invite a younger blogger or social media expert to teach you some new tricks.

You could ask a younger friend to teach you how to paint, do a certain craft, or learn some other skill.

Reverse Mentoring is extra sweet because it gives you the chance to humbly ask someone younger than you to show you how to do something you don’t know how to do.

You will learn, you will grow, and you will have the chance to encourage someone else.

And, you may open the door for this younger person to ask you some questions about life, about the Lord, or about other matters of the heart. This could turn into a mutual mentoring relationship!

The Loft Link-Up ~ Knowing God’s Will

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We are a topic driven link-up, which means that we link posts that pertain to the topic of the week. Posts that are not on topic will be deleted.

We will offer a month’s worth of topics each week so you can plan and prepare for a post that helps you enter into the conversation. Here are the topics for the next month:

August 10 ~ Knowing God’s Will

August 17 ~ Social Media

August 24 ~ Books

August 31 ~ Pot Luck

Just a reminder that the link-up goes live on Wednesday morning at 5am and will stay live until the following Monday at 5pm. If you link up at The Loft, please do not link-and-run. We want to create conversation and community, therefore, we ask that if you linkup one post, please visit two others. There are some beautiful people who link-up each week, and visiting their posts is the best way to get to know them.

Now, it is time to get to today’s link-up. Our prompt today is KNOWING GOD’S WILL. You will find the linky at the bottom of my post. Enjoy the fellowship at The Loft.

 

The Loft

 

#TheLoft

 

The Loft

 

Now it is time to linkup!

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The Loft Link-Up ~ Pot Luck

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We are a topic driven link-up, which means that we link posts that pertain to the topic of the week. Posts that are not on topic will be deleted.

We will offer a month’s worth of topics each week so you can plan and prepare for a post that helps you enter into the conversation. Here are the topics for the next month:

July 27 ~ Pot Luck

August 3 ~ Back to School

August 10 ~ Knowing God’s Will

August 17 ~ Social Media

Just a reminder that the link-up goes live on Wednesday morning at 5am and will stay live until the following Monday at 5pm. If you link up at The Loft, please do not link-and-run. We want to create conversation and community, therefore, we ask that if you linkup one post, please visit two others. There are some beautiful people who link-up each week, and visiting their posts is the best way to get to know them.

Now, it is time to get to today’s link-up. Our prompt today is POTLUCK. Share a post…any Christian post.  You will find the linky at the bottom of my post. Enjoy the fellowship at The Loft.

 

The Loft

 

#TheLoft

 

The Loft

 

Now it is time to linkup!

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Encouragement for When Life is Hard

As I prayed into today’s post, the Lord brought to mind one of the quotes from Bob Goff’s book, Love Does.

“When Jesus invites us on an adventure, He shapes who we become with what happens along the way.”

 

I am a fan of political thriller novels, which always involve a main character that perseveres through deception and danger to emerge the hero of the story. This type of novel is packed with hold-your-breath moments where you are not sure if the hero will make it out alive (of course, they will because they are the HERO of the story).

If we were to interview the main character in the middle of the storyline when they are being shot at or tortured, ‘adventure’ would probably not be the word they would use to describe their current circumstance. They might say that life is painful and hard, and they would probably want to quit. Ultimately, though, they persevere, and who they are at the end of the novel is the sum total of what they have experienced in the preceding pages.

Without exception, life for humans can be hard, and it does not always feel like an adventure. There are times of joy and pleasure, as well as times of pain and trial. Some days flow over us like a gentle breeze, while others twist us like a tornado. But, there is hope.

 

 

Encouragement

 

 

For the Christ-follower, there will be a day that you will look back on our lives and become fully aware of what God was doing in the tough times. Until that day, however, you may need a bit of encouragement to keep on keeping on. I want to offer you that right here, right now.

Your Trial Did Not Take God By Surprise

God is not a detached, grumpy grandfather who sleeps most of the time. He is very involved in our lives, orchestrating circumstances and times. When bad days hit, when there is more month left at the end of the money, when the ‘D’ word comes out your spouse’s mouth, when all manner of trials beset us, God is not sitting in heaven saying, “I never saw that one coming.”

In Ecclesiastes 3 Solomon tells us that there is a season and a time for everything under the sun. The good and the bad, everything has a season planned out by God.

Does that mean that God causes bad things to happen to you? No, but He does allow them. We live in a fallen, sin-stained world where bad things are a consequence of that fallen state. None of it is because God hates us, and none of it has God wringing His holy hands in angst. He is a loving Father who has our ultimate good in mind.

There is Purpose in Your Trial

In Romans 8:28 Paul assures us that all things work together for our good if we are followers of Jesus. All things. For Christ-followers.

Romans 8:28 does not say that all things that happen to us are good. It says that all things work together for our good. So, whatever God allows into our lives…physical illness, divorce, death, wayward children, job loss, mental illness, natural disasters, financial problems….whatever it is, God will use it to grow our faith and mold us into the image of Jesus.

Does it hurt? Flitter, yes, it hurts! Is it worth the pain? A thousand times YES! Regardless of what I have to go through, if it makes me more like Jesus, bring it. Trust me, I do not say that lightly. I’m not out signing up for trials and heartache. But, if God has to take me down a path of trial in order to draw me closer to Him, then I bend my knee to it because I trust Him completely.

God Never Wastes a Trial

Not only will your trials grow your faith and conform you more and more to the image of Jesus, they will be something that you can use one day to encourage other people. In 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV) Paul tells us:

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

I’ve seen it happen time and again. A woman who endures a divorce she never wanted ministers to another woman going through the same thing. A man with a cancer diagnosis comforts another who has recently heard the C word applied to his situation. A mother with a wayward child is comforted by another mom who has traveled that same path.

We can comfort one another because we have traveled a similar path. God never wastes a trial. Do you need encouragement for when life is hard? Turn to Scripture and begin meditating on the passages I have referenced here. Pray and ask God to give you reassurance that He loves you and is walking with you. Ask another Christian to pray for you.

It would be my honor to lift you up in prayer. Please email me at info@leahadams.org with your prayer need.